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US Jews leave ‘Gatekeepers’ asking why we give money to Israel — says Oren, outraged

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The documentary “Gatekeepers” is now playing at two theaters in Westchester. Here and here. There are a lot of Jews in Westchester. And what do we care about Jews seeing the movie? Well, Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to the U.S., does. He is quoted in Hebrew at Ynet:

“I’ve been hearing about Jews leaving the screening asking why we should keep assisting Israel”

This statement is not contained in the English translation of the piece. But that piece is itself stunning. Oren said that he intended originally to keep private his views of the film, which conveys the statements of six former Israeli security chiefs, except that there is now a massive struggle over the delegitimization of Israel in the United States. Some excerpts: 

Although he is an avid supporter of free speech, advancement of local film industry, Ambassador Michael Oren believes documentary in which Shin Bet officials slam Israel’s West Bank policy[is]  hurting country’s international image…

“In 2006, I taught at Harvard and at that time, an article by two professors, Walt and Mearsheimer, entitled the ‘Israel Lobby’ was published. In the past, things like this were considered incitement in the US, as if the lobby for Israel buys congressional seats. Nowadays, this is being talked about freely.”

The US ambassador added “we are at the pinnacle of this struggle and I am at its forefront. The other side is well aware of how to act and manipulate the media.

“And then I appear on a campus and a student gets up and says to me, ‘you are speaking of your desire for peace, but your former FBI head is comparing you to a Nazi state. What are your comments on that?'”

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Michael Oren is an apologist for a country that’s not the country of his birth, and he has no shame in ignoring the horrible crimes committed by his adopted country. He doesnt’ like this freedom of speech. Well, the Nazis didn’t like freedom of speech nor did Mussolini.

In the past, things like this were considered incitement in the US

the truth is incitement to israel. the truth comes back and will bite israel, no two ways about it.

I hope Jews (and everyone who saw the film) are really saying that and Oren is not just doing preemptive whining on their possible reactions. And if he’s worried I think it’s wonderful. That means the zios will become even more ham fisted and noticeably outlandish in their attempts to… Read more »

Here’s the big problem Oren has with The Gatekeepers. There are six — count them, six — former Shin Bet heads all saying basically the same thing. Even the master of hasbara is hard-pressed to paint them all as self-hating Jews.

I recently watched the wonderful film “The Time that Remains” by Elia Suleiman for the second time and a certain scene struck me in particular. In Ramallah, during the Israeli attack and curfew in 2002, a young mother pushes a stroller with her child past a group of heavily armed… Read more »